Tory MP Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes said Brexit was a 'fantastic opportunity'
Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes said she had not regretted her original vote against joining the bloc for a moment, calling Brexit "a fantastic opportunity".
The former Tory minister also recalled making life difficult for then Conservative whip Kenneth Clarke, saying she marked the start of his political life "dealing with difficult women".
Her comments came during the second day of debate in the House of Lords on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
She said: "I think I am right in saying that I am the only Conservative still alive who actually voted against joining the EU in the first place.
"My whip was a very young man by the name of Kenneth Clarke. I was probably the start of his campaign in dealing with difficult women.
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"I can assure you that I did make it as difficult as possible and I did vote against joining – and I have never regretted that for one moment since."
I did vote against joining – and I have never regretted that for one moment since
The former consumer affairs minister criticised excessive regulations imposed by Brussels, adding that many members had joined that would not have been considered when Britain first became a member.
She went on to describe Britain's exit from the EU as "a fantastic opportunity that I never dreamed would come our way in my lifetime".
Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes has never regretted her original vote against joining the European Union
"I'm deeply, deeply grateful that it has and that one has the opportunity, if that is what the country wants, to in fact change our position," she said.
"If it does happen, and all goes well, I will have a small tear in one eye, probably, at the thought of the day may dawn when I will see us leaving Europe."